عنوان مقاله [English]
The Book of Kings demonstrates the influences of two worlds namely the natural and the supernatural worlds or the worlds of free will and predetermined destiny. Of the two worlds, the world of destiny is the one which has maintained its dominance throughout all the stories of The Book of Kings. This study was not aimed at finding the roots of determinism in The Book of Kings, but, rather just identifying the main factors and elements of the formation of destiny in the work. This study is centered around determinism in The Book of Kings based on supernatural acts of foreseeing future and prophecy. Through the act of foreseeing future, forth-coming events were predetermined. That is, there were astronomers and angels such as Soroush and Israfil who knew the events in advance; there were magi and clear-sighted men who saw the future; there were kings, princes, heroes, and priests who prophesized with the help of their heavenly-provided powers; and there were extraordinary entities such as Simorgh (phoenix), Jam-e-Jahan-Bin (world-revealing bowl), and the talking tree which informed humans of the future and the secrets of the world. The study adopted the qualitative research approach and involved the analysis of textual data which had been collected through purposive library studies. All instances of foreseeing future, which surmounted one hundred cases, were described and analyzed. In the final analysis, as with all great works of epic literature, the dominance of destiny was confirmed since all foreseen acts were found to have taken place in the realized future.